Ed-vise Episode 66

What up What up What up!?!! A breezy GOOD MORNING to you all! Hershey and I walked a bit quicker this morning cuz it was chilly and windy and our coats weren’t heavy enough!

Today’s bit o trivia: Keeping on with Cheese! Just the word itself, “Cheese”, evokes memories of, well, Cheese. Just like all other words, each language has it’s own saying for the delicacy. Spanish call it queso from Latin being caseus. In fact, most of your Romantic based lingos use the caseus/ queso word for cheese. This begs the question of how did the French come up with fromage? Well, it turns out the Romans would harden and mold the cheese as they went around the known world killing everyone. The word they used was caseus formatus meaning “shaped cheese.” French folk probably didn’t like the caseus word because it reminded them of Ceaser so they went with formatus and then fromage. Queso just sounds better.


Tech Talk Tuesday Ed-vise today

Yesterday I wrote about coaches and mentors. In addition, I touched on deliberate practice. Thus, I will write about deliberate practice today.

Over the weekend, I got my hands on my great-great grandfathers carpentry tool box. That thing holds a treasure trove of cool, turn of the century (1800s to 1900s) tools. I also picked up a couple pieces for my dremmel. Then, I jumped into the Oracle of Youtube and watched master carpenters do stuff and make it look easy enough for me to believe I could do it. So I did. Guess what? I managed to create an entire batch of fire wood. Broken pieces; poor lines, just a bunch of garbage.

How did that happen? It wasn’t for my effort or gumption. It was because I did not have the practice in. I only recently started in carpentry and building stuff out of wood (whatever the difference is). I most certainly do not have the 10,000 hours of mastery that Malcolm Gladwell promotes or even the 20 hours to just be mildly good at it. I think total time I have on the actual working of stuff might be 10 hours. But, that 10 is the deliberate practice. The intentional stretching of my skillset to become good at carpentry.

And, that is the same with our professions. What are the different processes that you must do in order to make your end product happen? Learn those parts and practice them over and over until you have mastered them. Find that person who is better than you at it and learn what they did to become even better. Let them coach you and push you as you practice your trade. Avoid the boring routine and challenge yourself to become even better than you already are. I’m just saying.

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember the stinkier the cheese the more expensive it is… weird.


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